Monday, February 28, 2011

Watercolors at South Whidbey Commons

 I'm delighted to be showing my watercolor work in the rear side room at South Whidbey Commons in Langley. Great little space! The show is up for the month of March.
Hours are:
8:30 am–6pm, Tuesday–Sunday (closed Monday)
Extended hours on Friday for entertainment

Friday, February 25, 2011

More Braeburn

 Two sketches I did a few weeks ago at the Braeburn Restaurant in Langley. I'll be having a show there of sketches and watercolors April 12 – May 21.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

At the Braeburn

WISk met at the Braeburn in Langley this week. The curry chicken sandwich and salad was delicious. Did this sketch pretty fast knowing they were closing at 3. I first laid down a few washes, then drew using my black brush pen, then applied more washes on top. The ink bleeds and runs, an effect I want in some areas.

Flowers at the Braeburn, Langley

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

1904, Greenbank

Here's a few odds and ends from an evening of sketching at the 1904 Tavern, in Greenbank. It's a nice place to hang-out and listen to music. My quick line sketch is of Trio Nouveau, a contemporary jazz trio. They're very good and I highly recommend stopping in for a listen.

The crew, after hours.

People at the Bar.

Trio Nouveau

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Music for the Eyes

Sue V. and I attended a wonderful concert of east Indian music last night at Music for the Eyes in Langley. Anjali Joshi played santoor and Ravi Albright played tabla drums. I call it music for the soul. Santoor means 100 strings and is basically an Indian dulcimer. Each set of strings twist and overlap in the center, so each side, right and left, have different notes. One lovely melody they played is common to Bollywood movies.
To view Sue V's beautiful sketches and read a little background on the artists and instruments go to
Here are a couple of my sketches. I tried to capture the fluid gestures of Ravi's fingers and hands as they tapped the drums. The experience was entirely beautiful.

A Taste of their music...

Friday, February 11, 2011

WISk at the Brown Lantern, Anacortes

Sketching at the Fisherman's World Market was such a great experience I doubted it could be rivaled, but it was! The Brown Lantern Pub proved to be another great location. Warm atmosphere, characters and good food. And last but not least, the camaraderie of my fellow sketchers. If you were to look up "Fun" in the dictionary you'll find us sketchers in the definition!

Griffin, the Guemes ferry boat captain asked us please not to sketch him because we'd steal his soul. Sorry Griffin, you were a great subject. Thanks for sitting semi still!

An unsuspecting guy sitting at the bar. I noticed Anacortes residents have great profiles, defined features and larger noses!

A young couple who looked like they were just getting to know each other. Very sweet.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fisherman's World Market, Anacortes

Third floor atrium in the Fisherman's World Market.

What a great building to sketch. Wonderful character, a grand wood staircase, live guitar music and natural light from an atrium on the third floor. A fun, eventful and productive day sketching with our friends in Anacortes! Thank you Aleli and Missy for researching the great sketching and food locations. More sketches to come!
The Grand Staircase

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Beach Textures

A quick sketch of the beach where I found an interesting array of textures. Wind, layers of dark clouds, tracks in the sand, dead grasses and flowers, and quite a few green sprigs signifying the coming of spring. The foothills of the Olympics crest the dune. It's a jumble.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Elephant at Red Rooster Antiques

Whidbey Island Sketchers met at the Red Rooster Antique Mall in Freeland last Wednesday. A bit of sensory overload for me, so it took me awhile to settle on a subject. Eventually I found the patterns and exotic theme of this corner enticing.